By John Lee.
The Iraqi Ministry of Oil has denied reports that Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak discussed Russian oil companies' operations in Iraqi Kurdistan with the Iraqi prime minister or oil minister during his trip to Iraq.
Novak had been quoted as saying that Baghdad had no problems with Russian companies doing business with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
Baghdad reasserted that while it welcomes foreign investment in the country, "oil is a sovereign resource and therefore all contracts … must be signed with the federal government and the Ministry of Oil.”
(Sources: Reuters, Rudaw)